Jail for man found growing cannabis at house in The Meadows

Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com
Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com

An overseas visitor was jailed for a year after being caught cultivating cannabis plants which could have produced a £34,600 illicit crop.

Aivairis Songaila, 25, admitted production of 55 plants which were discovered last month in a house in The Meadows.

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He was provided with a Lithuanian interpreter during the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court. The drugs and growing equipment must be destroyed.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said that the drug trade was a factor in crime and warned that offenders could expect deterrent sentences.

“This was intended to make large sums of money at the expense of people who could not help themselves.
“These are addicts who use cannabis and more, commit crime to make their money to buy more drugs. All of us suffer as a result of that,” the judge said.

The court heard that the terraced house had three bedrooms which were used for the offence. A total of 55 cannabis plants were found along with equipment to improve their growth. If the cannabis had been sold, its value could have reached £34,600, said Lisa Hardy, prosecuting.

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Susan Rodham, mitigating, said that Songaila immediately gave details of the offence when arrested. He had never been in trouble before and was paid in drugs, cash and accommodation because he was allowed to stay in the house.